How to Blend Two Different Wood Floors

You're installing hardwood floors in your home, and you want to put different colors or species of wood in the dining room and living room. The problem is, the two rooms connect, and you're not quite sure how to blend the two different wood floors. There are two different methods that professionals use to blend different woods, and you'll be pleased to learn you can experiment with both at your local home improvement store to decide which you prefer.

Direct Blend

Step 1

Install the wood flooring in the first room using the normal installation method. When you get to the doorway (or open area) that leads to the room in which you will have different flooring, install one plank layer in the last row. This will end your first wood in the approximate center of the doorway.

Step 2

Begin the second type of flooring in the center of the doorway (or opening) where you laid the last row of the first color, fitting the tongue of the second color of wood into the groove of the first wood to blend the woods together.

Step 3

Choose a corresponding color of quarter round trim for each room; since quarter round is not installed in doorways, each room will have its own distinct floor while merging smoothly into the connecting room.

Transition Method

Step 1

Install the wood flooring in the first room, ending with the last row installed tight to the wall and 1 inch over the edge into the doorway.

Step 2

Begin the second room installation on the opposite wall from the first room, finishing the floor by laying wood in the doorway, cutting off the tongue of the row of wood in the doorway where it meets the different floor.

Step 3

Cut a piece of transition molding with a miter saw to fit the doorway where the two woods meet; the edge of the transition strip should be flush to the opening of the first room.

Step 4

Stain and seal the transition strip to a color of your choice, according to the manufacturer's directions.

Step 5

Nail the transition piece into place over the wood seam with finish nails, taking care not to dent the wood with the hammer.